In 1938, two rival expeditions set off for a lost Mayan temple in the jungles of Honduras, one intending to shoot a screwball comedy on location there, the other intending to disassemble it and ship it back to New York. A seemingly endless stalemate ensues, and twenty years later, when a rogue CIA agent learns that both expeditions are still out in the wilderness, he embarks on a mission to exploit the temple as a geopolitical pawn. But the mission hurtles towards disaster when he discovers that the temple is the locus of grander conspiracies than anyone could have guessed.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
For his fourth book, Ned Beauman’s playful, evocative prose transports us to the 1930s and dazzlingly exotic Spanish Honduras, where a Mayan temple becomes the center of a winding and darkly humorous tale. He conjures a seductive mystery around the forgotten ruins as two separate expeditions arrive with conflicting intentions. Here, in strange isolation, the characters are lured into darkness and insanity. Emboldened by the eccentric voices of his dialogue, Beauman’s storytelling is masterful and imaginative.